Two More Reasons To Never Leave The House If You Live In The DC Metro

Today started off pretty good…until I opened my email and found two different articles emailed to me by two different people that just made me cringe.  So thanks for really screwing up my breakfast this morning guys…I really do appreciate it.

If you are one of those people that really do feel that ignorance is bliss I highly suggest you stop reading now…..And don’t complain to me if you keep on reading after you have been warned.


The first article is from today’s Washington Post Metro section.  There was a study done by some college students that compared water from the Chesapeake Bay with water from a toilet:

Not Ty-D-Bol-blue fresh water, but some seriously dirty water — the kind that has marinated a substantial load of its intended contents for four hours without being flushed.

They found that after a rainstorm, the Chesapeake water is 6 times nastier than the dirty toilet water.  Feel like going swimming yet?  As an FYI:

In its water quality reports, the Anne Arundel County Department of Health explains that, for safe swimming, there shouldn’t be more than 35 bacterial colonies for every 100 milliliters of water in samples that are tested weekly.

One of the areas tested had 40 colonies per 100 milliliters on an average day.  Because I am good at math I deduced that 40 is more than 35 so this is bad all by itself.  But then these students tested that same area after a rainstorm and found 1752 colonies.  Yeah, that isn’t a typo.  And that disgusting toilet water…well it had 268 colonies.

So it appears to be safer to be the guy in here (which btw was me…and it wasn’t funny):

Than to be doing this:

So next time you are deciding to head to one of the beaches around the area to cool off during the dog days of summer remember this:  Go use the can and then splash some of that toilet water on your face and it might be cleaner and safer for you.

Mmmm Yummy

The second article just makes me even more anxious for hockey season to start (Let’s Go Caps!).  ESPN did a story on their show Outside the Lines about concession stands in all 107 stadiums used by every team in the MLB, NHL, NFL and NBA.  The initial article that was sent to me was from CNN and I was filled with pride for our local Verizon Center as I read the article.  The story is about the numerous health code violations at every stadium in the country:

Inspectors found employees who do not wash their hands, food stored at the wrong temperature and past their expiration dates and cockroaches, just to name a few.

The Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. was one of the worst. It was reported as having 100% of vendors in violation, with mouse droppings found at at least 10 different vendors.

Hungry Yet?

100% of the vendors were in violation?  Seriously?  Not a single one of them got by without a violation.  So if you had some food at the Verizon Center anytime over the last year you should feel pretty proud if you didn’t get food poisoning.

Mmmmm….I can’t wait for the season to start now.  Chicken fingers and Nachos for everyone.  I know that I am going to be making sure to stop off at the Capital Grille before the games this season and NEVER stop at a vendor inside the stadium except to grab a drink.  I don’t think the rats can get inside those Bud bottles can they?

So NEVER swim in the Chesapeake and NEVER eat at the Verizon Center.

You can thank me later.

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